Why Do Pets Matter? Hosted by Debra Hamilton, Esq.
Jeff Nicol, DVM “Your Pet’s Behavior Matters” on Why Do Pet’s Matter? with Debra Hamilton #142

Jeff Nicol, DVM “Your Pet’s Behavior Matters” on Why Do Pet’s Matter? with Debra Hamilton #142

July 2, 2020

Jeff Nicol, DVM "Your Pet's Behavior Matters" on Why Do Pet's Matter? with Debra Hamilton #142

Dr. Jeff Nicol shares his love for pets, and how they taught him about life in this warm and educational episode of Why Do Pets Matter? Podcast hosted by Debra Hamilton.

More About Dr. Jeff Nicol

Pets are special to Dr. Jeff Nicol. Growing up his family always had cats and dogs in their home. It’s hard for Dr. Jeff to imagine life without them. He believes they are here for more than just sharing life’s joys and challenges. His pets have been some of the best teachers he's have ever known. The first to make a big impression on his young life was a beagle -- Billy Bones. They both attended obedience class together and worked so hard they won third place in their first obedience trial. 

Some pets and their people struggle with frustrating and sometimes destructive or even dangerous problems. Recent advancements in animal behavior are among the most exciting and important new developments in veterinary medicine. Some abnormal behaviors are a direct result of physical diseases. Being skilled in behavior as well as general medicine makes a big difference for the pets I treat. Dr. Nicol's work is rewarding and it’s often challenging.

More About Debra Hamilton

Debra Hamilton is a pet lover extraordinaire! Debra is a full-time mediator and conflict coach for people in disputes over animals and hosts Why Do Pets Matter? to further understanding, compassion and respect for animals globally. She is also a preservationist breeder of Irish Setters!

Go here for more: https://hamiltonlawandmediation.com/

e-mail: Info@HamiltonLawandMediation.com

phone: 914.552.5021

Debra works both nationwide and internationally. She has far-reaching experience in resolving interpersonal conflicts involving animals, and she is also well-known in the world of purebred dogs as a top breeder and exhibitor of Irish setters and long-haired dachshunds. Debra speaks widely on the topic of how mediation techniques can help people address conflicts without litigation. She has presented at veterinary schools, the American Kennel Club, the American Veterinary Medical Law Association, the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators, the Living With Animals conference, state bar association Animal Law Committee meetings, and animal interest group meetings. Debra also writes a blog for Hamilton Law and Mediation and is a past contributor to the Solo Practice University blog and the Canine Chronicle. She has been featured in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, and the New York Times, just to name a few. As the principal at Hamilton Law and Mediation, PLLC—the nation’s first solo mediation practice dedicated to helping people resolve conflicts over animals—Debra uses alternative dispute resolution to help address disagreements over the family pet during divorce, neighbors’ arguments over a barking dog, and confrontations between clients and veterinarians and other professionals who work with animals. HLM also looks forward to helping animal rights and welfare advocates see the benefit of having a conversation about the best interests of all parties—especially the animals—to resolve animal-related disputes. Debra is admitted to practice law in all New York State courts. She is certified as a mediator and collaborative professional and has worked with various court-based mediation programs in New York City (Queens-Community Mediation Service) and in Westchester and Rockland Counties in New York (Westchester and Rockland Mediation Centers).

“How Do You Socialize Your Dog During COVID?” on Why Do Pets Matter? Q&A with Debra Hamilton, Esq. Podcast #141

“How Do You Socialize Your Dog During COVID?” on Why Do Pets Matter? Q&A with Debra Hamilton, Esq. Podcast #141

June 25, 2020

Here are a few tips to help you make socializing your dog easier and safer while we are practicing Social Distancing during the COVID pandemic.

“Don’t Lose Your Beloved Pet Because Something Happens to You” on Why Do Pets Matter? Q&A with Debra Hamilton, Esq. Podcast #140

“Don’t Lose Your Beloved Pet Because Something Happens to You” on Why Do Pets Matter? Q&A with Debra Hamilton, Esq. Podcast #140

June 18, 2020

"Don't Lose Your Beloved Pet Because Something Happens to You" on Why Do Pets Matter? Q&A with Debra Hamilton, Esq. Podcast #140

A 72-year-old woman who broke her leg at home now has to sue the Rescue that adopted out her Afghan Hound because she didn't have a pet care plan in place to ensure continuity of her pet's care if something happened to her. 

These tips can help you avoid a similar situation.

“What Can I Do To Help My Dog Avoid Gaining Weight During COVID?” on Why Do Pets Matter? Q&A with Debra Hamilton, Esq. Podcast #139
“How To Manage Too Much Playtime For Your Kids and Pets During COVID” on Why Do Pets Matter? Q&A with Debra Hamilton, Esq. Podcast #138

“How To Manage Too Much Playtime For Your Kids and Pets During COVID” on Why Do Pets Matter? Q&A with Debra Hamilton, Esq. Podcast #138

June 4, 2020

Kids and pets do much better when they are on a schedule. Here are a few practical tips to ensure that you create an effective schedule for everyone since we are spending so much more time at home now. Plus, the things you need to think about when the kids go back to school and you go back to work.

Enjoy this Q/A episiode with Debra Hamilton!

 

More About Debra Hamilton

Debra Hamilton is a pet lover extraordinaire! Debra is a full-time mediator and conflict coach for people in disputes over animals and hosts Why Do Pets Matter? to further understanding, compassion and respect for animals globally. She is also a preservationist breeder of Irish Setters!

Go here for more:

https://hamiltonlawandmediation.com/

e-mail: Info@HamiltonLawandMediation.com

phone: 914.552.5021

Debra works both nationwide and internationally. She has far-reaching experience in resolving interpersonal conflicts involving animals, and she is also well-known in the world of purebred dogs as a top breeder and exhibitor of Irish setters and long-haired dachshunds.

Debra speaks widely on the topic of how mediation techniques can help people address conflicts without litigation. She has presented at veterinary schools, the American Kennel Club, the American Veterinary Medical Law Association, the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators, the Living With Animals conference, state bar association Animal Law Committee meetings, and animal interest group meetings. Debra also writes a blog for Hamilton Law and Mediation and is a past contributor to the Solo Practice University blog and the Canine Chronicle.

She has been featured in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, and the New York Times, just to name a few.

As the principal at Hamilton Law and Mediation, PLLC—the nation’s first solo mediation practice dedicated to helping people resolve conflicts over animals—Debra uses alternative dispute resolution to help address disagreements over the family pet during divorce, neighbors’ arguments over a barking dog, and confrontations between clients and veterinarians and other professionals who work with animals.

HLM also looks forward to helping animal rights and welfare advocates see the benefit of having a conversation about the best interests of all parties—especially the animals—to resolve animal-related disputes.

Debra is admitted to practice law in all New York State courts. She is certified as a mediator and collaborative professional and has worked with various court-based mediation programs in New York City (Queens-Community Mediation Service) and in Westchester and Rockland Counties in New York (Westchester and Rockland Mediation Centers).

 

Dr. Dave Nicol “Pet Podcaster, Speaker and Advocate” on Why Do Pets Matter? with Debra Hamilton Podcast #137

Dr. Dave Nicol “Pet Podcaster, Speaker and Advocate” on Why Do Pets Matter? with Debra Hamilton Podcast #137

May 28, 2020

Dr. Dave Nicol "Pet Podcaster, Speaker and Advocate" on Why Do Pets Matter? with Debra Hamilton Podcast #137

A Scotsman in the UK, Dr. Dave Nicol is an advocate for veterinarians everywhere. His leadership is undeniable, his attidude is upbeat, and you will love this conversation with host Debra Hamilton, Esq. on Why Do Pets Matter? Podcast.

 More About Dr. Dave Nicol

Dr. Dave Nicol has been a veterinary surgeon for over 20 years, and he has been running veterinary businesses for over a decade. In that time, he has been a head vet of two multi-doctor teams (14+ vets) on different continents. In all of this time, one thing has never left him, that he loves being a vet and he loves this industry. And he wants to leave it better than he found it.For more go to: vetxinternational.com to find out more or join his VetX:Leaders community.

More About Debra Hamilton, Esq.

Debra Hamilton is a pet lover extraordinaire! Debra is a full-time mediator and conflict coach for people in disputes over animals and hosts Why Do Pets Matter? to further understanding, compassion and respect for animals globally. She is also a preservationist breeder of Irish Setters!

Go here for more: https://hamiltonlawandmediation.com/

e-mail: Info@HamiltonLawandMediation.com

phone: 914.552.5021

Debra works both nationwide and internationally.

She has far-reaching experience in resolving interpersonal conflicts involving animals, and she is also well-known in the world of purebred dogs as a top breeder and exhibitor of Irish setters and long-haired dachshunds. Debra speaks widely on the topic of how mediation techniques can help people address conflicts without litigation. She has presented at veterinary schools, the American Kennel Club, the American Veterinary Medical Law Association, the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators, the Living With Animals conference, state bar association Animal Law Committee meetings, and animal interest group meetings. Debra also writes a blog for Hamilton Law and Mediation and is a past contributor to the Solo Practice University blog and the Canine Chronicle. She has been featured in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, and the New York Times, just to name a few. As the principal at Hamilton Law and Mediation, PLLC—the nation’s first solo mediation practice dedicated to helping people resolve conflicts over animals—Debra uses alternative dispute resolution to help address disagreements over the family pet during divorce, neighbors’ arguments over a barking dog, and confrontations between clients and veterinarians and other professionals who work with animals. HLM also looks forward to helping animal rights and welfare advocates see the benefit of having a conversation about the best interests of all parties—especially the animals—to resolve animal-related disputes. Debra is admitted to practice law in all New York State courts. She is certified as a mediator and collaborative professional and has worked with various court-based mediation programs in New York City (Queens-Community Mediation Service) and in Westchester and Rockland Counties in New York (Westchester and Rockland Mediation Centers).

Catherine Haskins “An Evolutionary Love Affair with Animals and The People Who Care For Them” on Why Do Pets Matter? with Debra Hamilton Podcast #135

Catherine Haskins “An Evolutionary Love Affair with Animals and The People Who Care For Them” on Why Do Pets Matter? with Debra Hamilton Podcast #135

May 21, 2020

Catherine Haskins “An Evolutionary Love Affair with Animals and The People Who Care For Them” on Why Do Pets Matter? with Debra Hamilton Podcast #135

The human-animal bond reveals itself in some surprisingly awesome ways during the wee hours of the morning for Catherine Haskins. And, she has fallen even more deeply in love with animals and the people who care for them during her career as a conversationalist and communications strategist in the animal health industry.

Enjoy this conversation and be sure to check out this amazing resource:

The Bridge Club Pets -- a virtual community for pet parents. Be sure to stop by and check it out!
https://www.thebridgeclubpets.com/

More About Catherine Haskins

For more than 25 years, Catherine has combined strategic insights to solve complex problems, build reputations and protect the integrity of products and services for some of the world's most notable brands. Her expertise has enable her to focus solidly on impacting the bottom-line while enhancing a stakeholder's overall experience with a brand. She is an animal health industry insider and is consulted often on both pipeline and issues management.

Today, Catherine also leads Haskins Consulting, a strategic communications company dedicated to assisting organizations navigate internal and external communications challenges and opportunities. She is the co-founder of The Bridge Club, the first video-based professional community, engaging the veterinary industry's best in an in-depth conversation about industry issues. The Bridge Club inspires professional and personal growth and creates connections. It’s a "Ted-Talks meets LinkedIn + book club" concept that brings people together in an atmosphere of trust and camaraderie.

Throughout her career, she has been honored with multiple awards, but her most recent accolade came from being able to call herself an author, by publishing her first children’s book, Nicknames.

 

More About Debra Hamilton

Debra Hamilton is a pet lover extraordinaire! Debra is a full-time mediator and conflict coach for people in disputes over animals and hosts Why Do Pets Matter? to further understanding, compassion and respect for animals globally. She is also a preservationist breeder of Irish Setters!

Go here for more:

https://hamiltonlawandmediation.com/

e-mail: Info@HamiltonLawandMediation.com

phone: 914.552.5021

Debra works both nationwide and internationally. She has far-reaching experience in resolving interpersonal conflicts involving animals, and she is also well-known in the world of purebred dogs as a top breeder and exhibitor of Irish setters and long-haired dachshunds.

Debra speaks widely on the topic of how mediation techniques can help people address conflicts without litigation. She has presented at veterinary schools, the American Kennel Club, the American Veterinary Medical Law Association, the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators, the Living With Animals conference, state bar association Animal Law Committee meetings, and animal interest group meetings. Debra also writes a blog for Hamilton Law and Mediation and is a past contributor to the Solo Practice University blog and the Canine Chronicle.

She has been featured in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, and the New York Times, just to name a few.

As the principal at Hamilton Law and Mediation, PLLC—the nation’s first solo mediation practice dedicated to helping people resolve conflicts over animals—Debra uses alternative dispute resolution to help address disagreements over the family pet during divorce, neighbors’ arguments over a barking dog, and confrontations between clients and veterinarians and other professionals who work with animals.

HLM also looks forward to helping animal rights and welfare advocates see the benefit of having a conversation about the best interests of all parties—especially the animals—to resolve animal-related disputes.

Debra is admitted to practice law in all New York State courts. She is certified as a mediator and collaborative professional and has worked with various court-based mediation programs in New York City (Queens-Community Mediation Service) and in Westchester and Rockland Counties in New York (Westchester and Rockland Mediation Centers).

Dr. Jeni Waeltz DVM “Unconditional Love” on Why Do Pets Matter? with Debra Hamilton Podcast #134

Dr. Jeni Waeltz DVM “Unconditional Love” on Why Do Pets Matter? with Debra Hamilton Podcast #134

May 14, 2020

Dr. Jeni Waeltz DVM "Unconditional Love" on Why Do Pets Matter? with Debra Hamilton Podcast #134

The unconditional love of a pet matters more than ever in times of Covid! Dr. Jeni Waeltz and host Debra Hamilton dive into being a pet owner in today's environment, the ups and the downs. Dr. Waeltz experienced burnout before changing things around to live her dream life. Enjoy this episode!

 

More About Dr. Jeni Rogan Waeltz DVM

"I’m a veterinarian and life, career, and leadership coach who works with accomplished women, leaders, and all medical professionals struggling with burnout, compassion fatigue, and using their voice finally adopt the mindset to love their demanding job or find the courage to leave their job to go after their biggest dreams and become the leader that helps change the world.  

After years of struggling with my own self-worth, lack of confidence, and anxiety I decided enough was enough and I set out to master my mind.  I became a better version of myself and in doing so I decided to finally pursue my passions of wellness, personal and professional development, and leadership --- ALL ON MY OWN TERMS."

"I decided to dream again, go after those dreams, and do the impossible.  And in doing so, I want you to as well.  

My purpose now extends beyond providing the best care for my animal patients and into being an example for women and professionals of what is possible when you live into your true self and raise the consciousness of your mind."

More About Debra Hamilton

Debra Hamilton is a pet lover extraordinaire! Debra is a full-time mediator and conflict coach for people in disputes over animals and hosts Why Do Pets Matter? to further understanding, compassion and respect for animals globally. She is also a preservationist breeder of Irish Setters!

Go here for more:

https://hamiltonlawandmediation.com/

e-mail: Info@HamiltonLawandMediation.com

phone: 914.552.5021

Debra works both nationwide and internationally. She has far-reaching experience in resolving interpersonal conflicts involving animals, and she is also well-known in the world of purebred dogs as a top breeder and exhibitor of Irish setters and long-haired dachshunds. Debra speaks widely on the topic of how mediation techniques can help people address conflicts without litigation. She has presented at veterinary schools, the American Kennel Club, the American Veterinary Medical Law Association, the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators, the Living With Animals conference, state bar association Animal Law Committee meetings, and animal interest group meetings. Debra also writes a blog for Hamilton Law and Mediation and is a past contributor to the Solo Practice University blog and the Canine Chronicle. She has been featured in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, and the New York Times, just to name a few. As the principal at Hamilton Law and Mediation, PLLC—the nation’s first solo mediation practice dedicated to helping people resolve conflicts over animals—Debra uses alternative dispute resolution to help address disagreements over the family pet during divorce, neighbors’ arguments over a barking dog, and confrontations between clients and veterinarians and other professionals who work with animals. HLM also looks forward to helping animal rights and welfare advocates see the benefit of having a conversation about the best interests of all parties—especially the animals—to resolve animal-related disputes. Debra is admitted to practice law in all New York State courts. She is certified as a mediator and collaborative professional and has worked with various court-based mediation programs in New York City (Queens-Community Mediation Service) and in Westchester and Rockland Counties in New York (Westchester and Rockland Mediation Centers).

 
 
Xander Gibb “Loving Our Fur Babies” on Why Do Pets Matter? with Debra Hamilton, Esq. Podcast #133

Xander Gibb “Loving Our Fur Babies” on Why Do Pets Matter? with Debra Hamilton, Esq. Podcast #133

May 7, 2020

Xander Gibb "Loving Our Fur Babies" on Why Do Pets Matter? with Debra Hamilton, Esq. Podcast #133

Talk show host Xander Gibb shares stories of adopting pets from sanctuaries and other upbeat conversations on this lively edition of Why Do Pets Matter? with Debra Hamilton, Esq. TV and radio personality Xander shares how much he and his family treasure their pets!

More About Xander Gibb

Xander Gibb is a Broadcaster, International Political and Social Commentator, Public Speaker, Writer, Actor, Comedian, Singer and Talk Show Host of The #XanderGibbShow, The Talk Show that gets you talking and Xandermonium TV . ​He is a Published Author, and Political Writer. His first book. The Boy from beyond The Ice House met critical acclaim and he is working on book two. "Traitor" Stalked by Billy Baldwin, feared by Twitter!

More About Debra Hamilton, Esq.

Debra Hamilton is a pet lover extraordinaire! Debra is a full-time mediator and conflict coach for people in disputes over animals and hosts Why Do Pets Matter? to further understanding, compassion and respect for animals globally. She is also a preservationist breeder of Irish Setters!

Go here for more:

https://hamiltonlawandmediation.com/

e-mail: Info@HamiltonLawandMediation.com

phone: 914.552.5021

Debra works both nationwide and internationally. She has far-reaching experience in resolving interpersonal conflicts involving animals, and she is also well-known in the world of purebred dogs as a top breeder and exhibitor of Irish setters and long-haired dachshunds. Debra speaks widely on the topic of how mediation techniques can help people address conflicts without litigation. She has presented at veterinary schools, the American Kennel Club, the American Veterinary Medical Law Association, the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators, the Living With Animals conference, state bar association Animal Law Committee meetings, and animal interest group meetings. Debra also writes a blog for Hamilton Law and Mediation and is a past contributor to the Solo Practice University blog and the Canine Chronicle. She has been featured in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, and the New York Times, just to name a few. As the principal at Hamilton Law and Mediation, PLLC—the nation’s first solo mediation practice dedicated to helping people resolve conflicts over animals—Debra uses alternative dispute resolution to help address disagreements over the family pet during divorce, neighbors’ arguments over a barking dog, and confrontations between clients and veterinarians and other professionals who work with animals. HLM also looks forward to helping animal rights and welfare advocates see the benefit of having a conversation about the best interests of all parties—especially the animals—to resolve animal-related disputes. Debra is admitted to practice law in all New York State courts. She is certified as a mediator and collaborative professional and has worked with various court-based mediation programs in New York City (Queens-Community Mediation Service) and in Westchester and Rockland Counties in New York (Westchester and Rockland Mediation Centers).

Henry Yampolsky “Finding Peace Amid Chaos” on Why Do Pets Matter? with Debra Hamilton, Esq. Podcast #132

Henry Yampolsky “Finding Peace Amid Chaos” on Why Do Pets Matter? with Debra Hamilton, Esq. Podcast #132

April 30, 2020

Henry Yampolsky "Finding Peace Amid Chaos" on Why Do Pets Matter? with Debra Hamilton, Esq. Podcast #132

In this episode, Henry Yampolsky, J.D. shares insight into living in peace even during Pandemic. A peace educator, mediator and conflict coach, Yampolsky and host Debra Hamilton talk about the opportunity for peace even as massive change is underway.

More About Henry Yampolsky

Henry Yampolsky, J.D. is the co-founder, president, and CEO of Living Peace Institute.  Trained as a lawyer, Henry is a peace educator, mediator, conflict coach,  author and Tedx speaker.  He is passionate about empowering people to have transformative conversations and brings compassionate, intuitive, and mindful demeanor to his work.   

Henry has lectured at Columbia University School of Law and has taught conflict resolution, mediation, negotiation, restorative justice, and mindfulness skills to senior UN diplomats, members of the New York Police Department, and top executives around the world.  He has also mediated and facilitated hundreds of complex conflicts.

Henry is also a master-level Sattva Yoga teacher, trained in Rishikesh, India. He frequently teaches yoga and leads yoga and meditation workshops and retreats. Henry incorporates the deep wisdom of yoga in his conflict resolution, coaching, training, and consulting practices.

https://www.livingpeaceinstitute.com/home/about/

 

More About Debra Hamilton, Esq.

Debra Hamilton is a pet lover extraordinaire! Debra is a full-time mediator and conflict coach for people in disputes over animals and hosts Why Do Pets Matter? to further understanding, compassion and respect for animals globally. She is also a preservationist breeder of Irish Setters!

Go here for more:

https://hamiltonlawandmediation.com/

e-mail: Info@HamiltonLawandMediation.com

phone: 914.552.5021

Debra works both nationwide and internationally. She has far-reaching experience in resolving interpersonal conflicts involving animals, and she is also well-known in the world of purebred dogs as a top breeder and exhibitor of Irish setters and long-haired dachshunds. Debra speaks widely on the topic of how mediation techniques can help people address conflicts without litigation. She has presented at veterinary schools, the American Kennel Club, the American Veterinary Medical Law Association, the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators, the Living With Animals conference, state bar association Animal Law Committee meetings, and animal interest group meetings. Debra also writes a blog for Hamilton Law and Mediation and is a past contributor to the Solo Practice University blog and the Canine Chronicle. She has been featured in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, and the New York Times, just to name a few. As the principal at Hamilton Law and Mediation, PLLC—the nation’s first solo mediation practice dedicated to helping people resolve conflicts over animals—Debra uses alternative dispute resolution to help address disagreements over the family pet during divorce, neighbors’ arguments over a barking dog, and confrontations between clients and veterinarians and other professionals who work with animals. HLM also looks forward to helping animal rights and welfare advocates see the benefit of having a conversation about the best interests of all parties—especially the animals—to resolve animal-related disputes. Debra is admitted to practice law in all New York State courts. She is certified as a mediator and collaborative professional and has worked with various court-based mediation programs in New York City (Queens-Community Mediation Service) and in Westchester and Rockland Counties in New York (Westchester and Rockland Mediation Centers).

More from Henry Yampolsky on Coronavirus

There is no denial that the spread of the COVID-19 virus presents a serious threat to vulnerable individuals and an existential threat to an already strained health care system. Vulnerable individuals are not just the sick and the elderly, but are those whose immune systems are compromised in any way. In light of pollution, overexposure to antibiotics in meat and meat products, overimmunization, growing reliance on pharmaceuticals and on illicit drugs, and due to many other factors, each and every one of us, regardless of age or current state of health, is vulnerable to the virus. Each and everyone of us could also be the carrier and spread the virus to someone even more vulnerable than we are. Therefore, it is important that all of us head warnings from public heath officials, and to the extent possible, limit our in-person interactions with other people. Let us view quarantines, school closures, and event cancellations as acts of deep compassion towards our fellow beings. Let each of us gracefully accept the responsibility for the well-being of every other being and for the humanity and the planet as a whole.

While these times will challenge us beyond anything we have experienced before, they also present immense opportunities. These include: opportunities to appreciate the importance of in-person connections with fellow beings; opportunities to learn and expand; opportunities to move beyond our identities, which while defining us, can also confine and limit us; opportunities to consider how, despite walls and closed borders, deeply interconnected we are. Most importantly, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go deeply within us and to experience the fact that we are humanbeings and not humandoings; that we are so much more than accumulation of food that is our body and accumulation of ideas, judgments, prejudices, conditioning, and information that is our mind. Now is the time to ask life's most profound quesions and to sit with the uncertainty and the discomfort of not knowing the answers. Asking these questions can bring a profound transformation within us. And, we need a profound transformation if we are truly to face global challenges facing us which require a profoundly different, more inclusive, more collaborative, and more nuanced understanding of the very nature of life and of who we are.

So, we can react to the current crisis with fear; with avoidance; or with aggression, or we can respond with strenth; with clarity; and with compassion. The choice we make will determine the future of this planet. The time is Now!

To anyone who is interested in the tools for going inward, I would like to make them as available as possible. If you would like to learn: how to meditate; how to breathe through challenging times; how to use powerful yogic practices to strengthen your immune systems; and how to use the Dis-Solving Conflict from Within process to deal with conflict and fear, please message me to schedule free on-line sessions. And, if you simply feel lonely, sad or anxious, please message me as well. I would like to support you in all ways I can!

The virus epidemic can become the most precious gift - connecting us with our vulnerability, humanity, and love! Let us not waste this precious gift or squander this time. Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu (may all the sentient beings be happy and free!).